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An epidemic of poor dental hygiene in nursing homes

Excerpt from TODAY – 10 Oct 2013 

NEW YORK

In nursing homes across the United States, residents are plagued by cavities, gum disease and cracked teeth, in part because their mouths are not kept clean. 

Aides are swamped with other tasks, and when older charges must be helped to the toilet, fed or repositioned in bed, brushing their teeth often falls to the bottom of the to-do list.

The neglect can lead to terrible pain for the residents.  Worse, new studies suggest that this problem may be contributing to another : Pneumonia, a leading killer of institutionalized older people.

Roughly one in 10 cases of deaths from pneumonia in nursing homes could be prevented by improving oral hygiene, according to a 2008 systematic review published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.” THE NEW YORK TIMES

Recommendation: W-1 tongue cleaners are suitable for the elderly.  W-1 is made of special ultra fine nylon fiber woven into a loop massages and cleans your tongue.
It combines a uniquely-shaped resin base with special (2mm thick) bristles to promote quick drying.

It helps to remove bacterial build-up that also causes bad breath.